The Mental Health Board (MHB) is seeking proposals for the purpose of contracting with individual, public, or private entities for mental health, substance use disorder and/or intellectual and developmental disability prevention, treatment, and/or recovery support services for McHenry County residents of all ages. The MHB will be addressing Opioid Use Disorder treatment and recovery services via the approved abatement program with the opioid settlement funds for McHenry County residents pursuant to the authority contained in the Community Mental Health Act, ILCS, Chapter 405, Act 20, Section 0.1, et.seq.

FY23 FUNDING AVAILABILITY: ($215,392 – Final Amount Subject to Appropriation)



The purpose of Opioid Use Disorder funding is to solicit proposals addressing prevention, treatment, and/or recovery support services targeting the behavioral health needs of McHenry County residents. Per focus groups, treatment and recovery were the two priorities respectively identified in that order for focus among the approved abatement program services.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), behavioral health refers to a state of mental/emotional being and/or choices and actions that affect wellness. The term is also used to describe the service systems encompassing the promotion of emotional health, the prevention of mental and substance use disorders, treatments and services for mental and substance use disorders, and recovery support efforts. SAMHSA further defines recovery as a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.


The MHB has adopted a revised version of the SAMHSA National Outcome Measures (NOMs) Framework to promote the inclusion of social determinants of health within prevention, treatment, and/or recovery support services. MHB supported services are expected to help people live independently as they stabilize and move toward recovery. Services may include core services such as counseling, individual and group therapy, medication, and medication monitoring or they may include support in getting and holding a job, finding a place to live, staying in school, improving social relationships, and gaining access to benefit programs. Ultimately, services should embody meaningful, real life outcomes for people who are striving to attain and sustain recovery; build resilience; and work, learn, live, and participate fully in their communities.

For the purposes of this Opioid Use Disorder funding, the outcomes focus has been narrowed to Domain 2 – Abstinence/Reduction in Substance Use and Domains 8-10 – Access/Capacity, Consumer Experience Survey, and Utilization of Evidence-based Programming.  Therefore, applicants seeking Grant, Purchase-of-Position, or Fee-for-Service funding shall demonstrate operational ability to collect and report on these four outcomes.

Capital Expenditures will not be considered for this grant.


  • An individual (including single-member Limited Liability Company)
  • Not-for-Profit corporations: Must be registered as a not-for-profit in good standing with the State of Illinois and established as a Section 501(c)3 under the Internal Revenue Code
  • For-Profit Corporations
  • Governmental Entities and Departments within McHenry County Government

Through the funding application and review process, all entities must demonstrate financial accountability, reliability, and stability, as well as appropriate service of value to the persons to be served as determined by the MHB.

See MHB Requirements and Guidelines for Allocation of Opioid Settlement Funds for further information.


The McHenry County Mental Health Board is utilizing a web-based application system for submission of funding proposals that will be incorporated into our current fiscal year cycle with a shortened contract term beginning April 1, 2023 and ending November 30, 2023. The web-based system will be accessible to applicants at beginning January 3, 2023 at 12:00 pm. All applicants shall register and log-in to access the application forms.

For questions related to the funding application, contact: Vickie Johansen at  or 815-788-4398.

Schedule of Events:
January 3, 2023 at 12:00pm Application Available at
February 3, 2023 at 4:30 pm Close of Application Period
February – Mach 28, 2023 Application Evaluations
March 28, 2023 Final Funding Allocation Announcements
April 1, 2023 – November 30, 2023 Funding Cycle


MHB allocation and contracting decisions are made in meetings open to the public. Allocation decisions will be based on statutory mandates and community priorities.

In accordance with the Community Mental Health Act, board members and staff of the MHB have the responsibility to ensure that the standards of services delivered are of the highest degree possible and that they are free from any negative influences caused by conflict of interest situations. Both board members and staff have a duty to avoid self-serving or conflict of interest situations where by virtue of position or decision-making authority, transactions are allowed to occur which does not serve the best interest of the MHB or which give the appearance of, or have the potential for, obtaining a benefit, monetary or otherwise for the individual, family, friends or business associates.

Emphasis will be placed upon the proposal’s strength in addressing each of the following criteria within the electronic application as well as its alignment with the Approved Abatement Programs. The MHB – FY23 Proposal Opioid Settlement Funds Rubric will be used as a guide to reaching funding allocations (see FY23 Funding Opioid Settlement Funds Rubric):

  1. Agency Description
  2. Service/Program/Project Description
  3. Service, Program, Project Outcomes
  4. Service/Program/Project Budget
  5. Agency Continued Funding

The MHB reserves the right to not select a provider or to submit a new notice of funding for re-defined services. The MHB also reserves the right to begin negotiations with selected providers for all or part of the proposal components based on its selection criteria.


MHB Requirements and Guidelines for Allocation of Opioid Settlement Funds
MHB FY23 Proposal Opioid Settlement Funds Rubric
Financial Audit Requirements – Funded Providers
MHB 2021-2023 Three-Year Plan
Approved Abatement Program

—-> Click here to access the MHB FY23 Funding Application

We thank you for your interest and desire to serve the citizens of McHenry County!